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ALAKAZIA…………………Creator Extraordinaire! is one of the world’s most accomplished fashion, interior and costume designers. He has an eclectic and broad range of design and business experiences worldwide; US, Europe and Asia. His design experience covers the gamut, from Haute Couture in Paris and Italy, to American fashion and retail power corporations. His résumé includes work for many of the world’s leading European fashion houses such as Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent as well as being a part of two Academy Award nominated design teams for their work on the films “La Traviata” and “The Bostonians”, in addition, as lead designer for the Broadway Musical “Sophisticated Ladies”. He held the coveted positions as VP of Design for Emanuel Ungaro, in Paris France; Senior VP/Chief Designer for MONDI Couture in Munich, Germany, where he single handedly increased the brand’s profile internationally, VP of Merchandising for GFT, Italy and Design Director for May Merchandising Corp, just to list a few. His licensing roster reads like a who’s who list of product icons; Disney, ACDC, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Scarface, New Line Cinema, Playboy, Guinness Beer, My Chemical Romance, Guns & Roses and countless more. As a Creative Director, he holds an established track record of being the ghost behind many of today’s successful fashion brands and retail empires. ALAKAZIA attended the Royal College of Art in London, England, where he studied fashion and interior design. He excelled and received many coveted awards and appointments. He also developed his talents and skills by attending The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising of Los Angeles, where he received numerous kudos and accolades. Throughout his career, ALAKAZIA has maintained his industry status and business savvy lecturing at many of the retail and fashion seminars worldwide. His culinary skills were birthed at the world renown, Cordon Bleu, in Paris France, where he studied the art of gourmet cuisine and its presentation. His tenure in Paris equipped him with the fluency of French and an affiliation of many other languages. ALAKAZIA launched his couture collection appropriately deemed, “ALAKAZIA”, in 1985. “The ALAKAZIA Look”, became an industry slogan. The collections consisted of ready-to-wear and dresses, of Italian best handed tissues and couture construction. He mounted a successful business after a three-year period. His first collection was the toast of all the major retailers: I Magnin, Bonwit Teller, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macys, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales, at which time every window of each of these retailers displayed his premiere collection. After his successful run as a major brand, the business was sold and ALAKAZIA relocated to Europe. ALAKAZIA’s entertainment and private clientele list, tops the charts. He has designed personal wardrobes and accessories for renowned personalities as Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Victoria Beckham, Johnny Depp and Halle Barry, to name a few. On the entertainment front, ALAKAZIA has designed costumes for many music icons such as The Four Tops, The Eurhythmics, Cher, Julian Lennon, The Temptations, Shirley Horn, Michael and Janet Jackson, George Michael, Elton John, and countless, countless others! ALAKAZIA’s hand in the interior and home furnishings extends to private label products for retailers such as Neiman Marcus, May Merchandising Corp, Armani and Barney’s. His home furnishings talents have landed in some of the worlds top furniture companies. In 2008, ALAKAZIA launched his premiere hat collection, “Le Chapeau by ALAKAZIA” for both men and women. Included in his illustrious creative roster is now that of “Milliner”. ALAKAZIA’s mother designed hats for Mr. John for over thirty-five years. He considers this “Coming home”. It is a fine whimsically tailored collection of hats in tissues from Italy, adorned with finery. The latest addition to the ALAKAZIA experience… ALAKAZIA will be re-imagined for his own Network TV Show.
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